OSCEOLA — It took just one pitch for the Albia baseball team to secure a South Central Conference road win under the somewhat unusual circumstance. Clarke starting pitcher Marshall Morrison, who threw 94 pitches in a 7-4 win over Centerville, was ineligible to pitch on Tuesday but started the second game for the Indians against the Blue Demons.
After Morrison threw the first pitch of the second game, Albia coaches reported the issue to the umpires. The result was a forfeit win for the Blue Demons, which will go down as a 7-0 win over the Indians after losing the opening game, 7-3, of the conference doubleheader.
Nathan Crall drove in a run with an RBI single in game one for the Blue Demons. Luke Bossard added a two-run homer as Albia (5-18, 4-14 SCC) carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning before Clarke rallied with five runs to secure the comeback win.
No. 10 Fairfield 11, Muscatine 9
FAIRFIELD — The Class 3A 10th-ranked Fairfield High School baseball team scored in every inning and held off a late charge by Muscatine to post an 11-9 nonconference win Tuesday at Fairfield Middle School.
Austin Simpson homered for the Trojans, who were coming off a split of the Southeast Conference title with Mount Pleasant a day earlier. Kosta Papazogolou had three hits and drove in two runs, and Carter Ferrel also drove in a pair.
The Trojans ended a 4-4 deadlock with a four-run third inning, with Ferrel's two-run double putting the Trojans up 7-4. Fairfield took the lead for good on a sacrifice fly by Matthew Swanson.
Brittain Bowman picked up the win, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings and striking out four.
Simpson's homer was his 3A-leading 11th of the season.
Fort Madison 9, Van Buren 4
FORT MADISON — The Bloodhounds scored five times in the fifth inning to pull away from the Warriors in a nonconference contest.
Reed Fehseke's sacrifice fly put the Bloodhounds ahead for good, while Brandon Reichelt added a two-run single later in the inning.
Jacob Plecker and Ryan Wolf drove in two runs apiece for the Warriors, while Wolf took the loss on the mound, allowing six runs in five innings.
EBF 12, Iowa Valley 2 (5)
MARENGO — Pitchers Reina Taylor and Peyton Deevers each allowed two hits, and a six-run fifth inning helped the Rockets claim a run-run win over the Tigers.
Taylor and Emma Lenox homered for the Rockets, while Emalee Davis drove in three runs. The Rockets pounded out 12 hits against Iowa Valley pitcher Emma Werling.
Amelia Frimml and Cassity Havens each drove in a run for Iowa Valley.